Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers: May O'Donnell with Ray Green, Fourth Evening

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Title
Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers: May O'Donnell with Ray Green, Fourth Evening
Additional title: Recollections and Rare Films
Names
O'Donnell, May, 1906-2004 (Speaker)
Green, Ray, 1908-1997 (Speaker)
Hess, Susan (Host)
Powell, Alan (Videographer)
Hess, Susan (Project director)
Collection

Susan Hess Modern Dance Lecture Series Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1983-05-20
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1464
Topics
O'Donnell, May, 1906-2004
Lectures and lecturing -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Green, Ray, 1908-1997
Green, Ray, 1908-1997. Dance energies
Graham, Martha
Limón, José
Suspension (Choreographic work : O'Donnell)
Bennington School of the Dance
Martha Graham Dance Company
Modern dance -- United States
Dance -- History -- 20th century
Dance teachers -- United States
Dance -- Study and teaching
Genres
Lectures
Notes
Content: Title from original video cassette label.
Content: Suspension film is not shown on this video.
Venue: Videotaped during talk at Hess studio in Philadelphia, Pa. 1983 May 20.
Acquisition: Gift; Susan Hess; 2010.
Physical Description
Videocassette
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (63 min.) : sound, color; 3/4 in.
Description
May O'Donnell discusses her early impressions of dance and her childhood in California; early 1930's modern dance scene in New York City; studying with Mary Wigman and Martha Graham; Graham sending her to Gertrude Shurr's class to prepare her for joining the Martha Graham Dance Company; her search for basics in the works, Primitive Mysteries, Primitive Canticles, and Ceremonials; touring with Graham in her first tour of 1937, and continuing to dance with Graham for 6 years; 1930's social scene and political aspects; how Bennington Dance Program was the beginning of modern dance in the U.S.; meeting Ray Green in San Francisco; her first dance, Of Pioneer Women, with Ray Green's score; O'Donnell and Green starting their first dance studio in San Francisco; she talks about early dance concerts with Ray Green's music; meeting José Limón and working with him for two years on tours up and down the California coast; creation of O'Donnell's work, Suspension; returning to NYC after the attack on Pearl Harbor; being asked to dance in Graham's company with more featured dramatic roles including the pioneer woman in Appalacian Spring; leaving Graham company in the early 1950's; having great dancers in her own company including Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino; how the 1950's were a fullfilling time for her; and Susan Hess concludes the talk with brief comments.
Type of Resource
Moving image
Languages
English
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20256344
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1bd79950-3136-0132-adb8-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1906: Creator Born
  • 1983: Created
  • 2004: Creator Died
  • 2019: Found by you!
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1983. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/1d7c50a0-3136-0132-a284-3c075448cc4b

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 20, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/1d7c50a0-3136-0132-a284-3c075448cc4b

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1983). Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/1d7c50a0-3136-0132-a284-3c075448cc4b

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Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers